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Fostering Innovation: Creating a Workplace Culture Open to Change

Posted by Morgan Atkins on Jan 9, 2018 3:19:16 PM

Practical Tips for Maintaining a Growth Mindset in your Organization

By Morgan Atkins

Stratasan understands how paramount change is to progress. We strive to be trailblazers in the healthcare space, developing innovative tools and services that address our clients' growth goals. The best way we can effectively lead our clients and provide value is by innovative thinking that challenges the status quo. Our goal is to empower our customers with the strategies that will equip them to more effectively face a challenging and ever-evolving healthcare industry.

At the heart of innovation is the ability to reframe your perspective. Henry Ford once said "If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses." Often, the question itself limits what you think the possibilities are. If you have an open mind about the possibilities, you maximize your chances of building effective and unexpected solutions.

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Tags: strategic growth planning, strategic planning, strategy, growth, growth planning, healthcare strategy, working smarter, healthcare growth, healthcare trends, leadership, change, healthcare leadership, development, core values, hospital growth

5 Ways to Increase Organizational Alignment: It Starts with Data

Posted by Tony Camarata on Nov 22, 2017 8:15:00 AM

By Tony Camarata

Is your healthcare system failing to meet annual strategic goals due to a lack of organizational alignment? Studies show that the highest-performing healthcare organizations have a strategic plan that sets a clear direction for all functional teams. This plan succeeds or fails depending upon organization-wide understanding of the goals, tactics, and measurable outcomes needed to fulfill the strategic goals. Conversely, if your team is unable to establish alignment, your health system risks stagnation and year-over-year frustration about your inability to meet goals and expectations.  
Here’s a look at how to improve your hospital’s organizational alignment from top to bottom and and why getting this right could be the key to meeting your annual strategic goals.

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Tags: strategic growth, strategic growth planning, strategic planners, strategic planning, data, healthcare, healthcare strategic growth, alignment

Make the Most of SHSMD 2017: 5 Tips to Maximize Your Time

Posted by Lee Ann Lambdin on Sep 19, 2017 10:28:06 PM

By Lee Ann Lambdin

The Society of Healthcare Strategy & Market Development (SHSMD) annual conference is the biggest healthcare strategy conference nationwide. As stated on their website, it is “the premier conference for healthcare marketing, public relations and communications, and strategic planning professionals.” Headed into its 21st year, SHSMD Connections 2017 is taking place September 24 - 27 in Orlando, FL.

With an estimated 1,400+ healthcare marketing, public relations and communications, and strategic planning professionals on-site, 60 sessions to choose from, 8 targeted learning tracks, and more than 4 hours worth of keynote sessions, this conference can easily be an enriching experience for attendees, but it can also feel like you’re drinking from a firehose.

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Tags: strategic growth, strategic growth planning, conference, healthcare, healthcare conference, healthcare strategic growth, SHSMD, analytics partner, service area growth, shsmd17

8 Steps to Successful Strategic Growth Planning

Posted by Lee Ann Lambdin on Sep 6, 2017 4:08:15 PM

By Lee Ann Lambdin

Strategic growth planning is a useful process for guiding the future of all types of organizations, especially hospitals and healthcare systems.

If your organization is seeking to grow but doesn’t have a strategic growth plan in place, it’s time to start doing the valuable work necessary to create one.

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Tags: strategic growth, strategic growth planning, healthcare, healthcare strategic growth, analytics partner, service area growth

How-To Guide: Defining Your Service Area

Posted by Lee Ann Lambdin on Aug 15, 2017 3:11:27 PM

By Lee Ann Lambdin and Jason Haley

Refining Your Process for Better Marketing ROI and Growth Planning Success

The first step in any planning or marketing endeavor for a healthcare organization is service area definition. Before demographics or market share can be run, an appropriate service area must be applied.

There is no one-size-fits-all way to define a service area. In fact, there are several ways to do it. Which one is best? The answer is, it depends.  Defining a service area is both art and science.    In our years of working with healthcare strategists, marketers, and planners , we’ve   found that most organizations define their service areas incorrectly, often defining   them larger than th ey should.  
 
 
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Tags: strategic growth, strategic growth planning, healthcare, healthcare strategic growth, analytics partner, healthcare service area, service area growth, data analyst, healthcare analyst

Gain Unprecedented Access to Patient Data: Physician Pathway Update

Posted by Ashley Graham on Aug 9, 2017 9:12:52 AM

An Inside Look and What It Means for Your Growth Strategy

By Ashley Graham

As you may know, Stratasan recently updated our Physician Pathway application with referral relationships based on full-year 2016 Medicare data. This long-awaited update means you will have complete access to the most current patient data, giving your team a major competitive edge over other physician relations outreach programs in your service area.

  • Analysts who regularly work with physician data will enjoy the behind-the-scenes look this post will give into all that was involved in this data update.
  • Those of you who focus on business development and strategic planning will be excited to discover how this data update can positively impact your growth strategy.
  • Physician Relations Reps, data is the foundation upon which your entire outreach strategy lives or dies. You will appreciate how this update will give you the most current patient data available.
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Tags: physician liaisons, Physician Pathway, physician recruitment, physician referral tool, strategic growth, strategic growth planning, strategic planners, strategic planning, data, healthcare, healthcare data, healthcare strategic growth, physician liaision, healthcare physician strategy, physician outreach strategy, big data, vrdc

Annual Growth Planning: Track Progress and Measure Success

Posted by Taylor Smith on Aug 2, 2017 12:24:03 PM

By Taylor Smith

When you’ve invested significant time, capital, and resources into your organization’s growth and expansion, you want to ensure that your efforts are paying off.

You’ve walked through all the right steps for strategic growth planning: you conducted a business and operational analysis, developed a strategic plan, and your team has been executing against it. This planning process can be daunting for any team to manage, but especially so if you are a smaller hospital or one of the many hospital systems trying to maintain a growth mindset in the face of downsizing.

You have now arrived at step 8 of a successful strategic growth process: reviewing your plan’s execution to measure progress. The purpose of this review is to make sure your hard work is paying off and your goals are being achieved.

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Tags: strategic growth, strategic growth planning, strategic planners, strategic planning, data, healthcare, healthcare data, healthcare strategic growth, big data

Healthcare Analysts are in Short Supply

Posted by Lee Ann Lambdin on Jul 18, 2017 10:12:43 AM

By Lee Ann Lambdin

The Challenging Healthcare Analyst Landscape

As the sheer amount of data that healthcare organizations are collecting continues to grow at a rapid rate, the talent pool of individuals needed to analyze this information is having trouble keeping up. The high demand to fill this position has created an environment where health systems have no choice but to be very competitive with their offers.

Talented analysts are hard to find and, if you are lucky enough to have a great analyst, their skills are most likely needed all the way across the organization. Functioning with an overloaded analyst team or having directors learn the skills of a full-time analyst and taking responsibility to run the reports is not asustainable solution. 

Another solution is needed. 
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Tags: strategic growth, strategic growth planning, healthcare, healthcare strategic growth, analytics partner, data analyst, healthcare analyst

Launch Pathway Storyboards: Drawing Inspiration from Pinterest

Posted by Scott Burns on Jun 20, 2017 7:30:00 AM

By Scott Burns

When our product team originally conceived Launch Pathway, the benefits stemming from the feature now  known as Storyboards was at the forefront. As we have learned in our 6 years at Stratasan, often times product design is improved when starting with the end in mind. Our basic goals for Storyboards were to be able to save snapshots of data and visualizations, edit your story or presentation, and have each storyboard presentation automatically refresh with each new data release.

More specifically, the main model of Storyboards is an ordered collections of snapshots, each of which can exist in multiple storyboards at a time (referred to as a many-to-many relationship). As we worked through a variety of design and functionality ideas, we came to the point where we knew if the end user could not save a snapshot quickly and efficiently all other functions would be moot. A breakthrough occurred when our Product Captain, Morgan Atkins, suggested Pinterest as a place for inspiration for this functionality.

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Tags: strategic growth planning, data visualization, Engineering, Pathway, product development, launch pathway, data presentation

Overcoming Consolidation Challenges for Healthcare Marketing and Strategic Planning

Posted by Lee Ann Lambdin on Jun 6, 2017 8:15:00 AM

Maintain a Growth Mindset in the Face of Tightening Margins and Shrinking Departments

By Lee Ann Lambdin

As healthcare margins continue to tighten and consolidation remains a reality for many small hospitals, numerous marketing professionals are feeling the need to validate their impact by developing marketing strategies based on reliable, data-based intelligence. The pressure is on to stretch marketing dollars as far as possible, and it’s important for marketing outreach to be focused and data-based

Marketers and strategic planners alike are facing a new reality that requires them to do more with less. Many who have marketing in their title are also responsible for planning and strategy as well, and it’s apparent that this phenomenon is due to one of two things:

  • Either there was never a planning position or strategy has increasingly become a more important function for the hospital or health system so this job was given to the department that made the most sense: marketing.
  • Or, the planning position was eliminated over time and the function was consolidated with the marketing function.
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Tags: strategic growth, strategic growth planning, strategic plan, strategic planners, health strategist, healthcare planning, healthcare strategic growth, healthcare strategic planning, hospital strategic growth, hospital strategic planning, healthcare analytics partner, healthcare growth, strategic growth plan

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